What are Other Parents Saying about E-Z Learning?

 

This is what other parents are saying about E-Z Learning:

I believe E-Z Learning has saved our daughter from floundering and instead has allowed her to become a rock-solid competent reader, and just as important, because of the positive, upbeat, success-nurturing nature of the program, it has instilled a love of reading (and learning in general!).  It has preserved her self-image and saved her self-esteem.

        -Anna A.

My seven-year-old daughter, Anna, had serious difficulties learning to read. She liked E-Z Learning right away, and asked, ‘When do I get to go back?’

                -Leslie K, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

We’ve witnessed the dramatic results of the E-Z Learning method with our son, Scott.  The door to his “reading room” has opened wide.  He is reading more fluently and has become more adept at sounding out words.  As his reading has improved, his confidence has soared.  We’re very grateful for E-Z Learning.

                -Karl & Carolyn V.

In the six short months that Tony has been tutored with E-Z Learning his reading level has increased from a baseline of 1 to 8, based on the DRA assessment given by his school in September, 2003 and again in February, 2004.  The change is apparent in his willingness to read, his esteem and smile instead of tears when we cuddle on a chair to read.  I couldn’t be happier knowing my child is advancing academically and emotionally; developing the fundamental building blocks and the joy of reading.

                -Irene M.

When I began homeschooling 6 years ago, I had no idea what I was getting into. My major in college was marketing, so I felt very unqualified to teach my 3 kids.  Taking on this challenge seemed like a daunting task, especially in the area of reading.  Reading is such a fundamental activity that is a necessity in our everyday lives, and it seems to come easily to so many. 

So when my 3rdchild, Kari, couldn’t even sing the ABC song two-thirds of the way through Kindergarten, I knew there was something very different about the way she learned. I tried so many ways to help her learn her letters to no avail. We used flash cards, coloring sheets, worksheets, even her brothers jumped in to help; unfortunately, nothing seemed to work.  I can’t tell you how many times both of us ended up in tears and would dread our next school day.  Trying to teach Kari to read and write seemed like an impossible task, one both of us dreaded everyday!  Since I had success with my two other children, I knew I needed professional help.  I just didn’t know what to do anymore, I felt like a complete failure as a parent and as a teacher.

I called my friend Janet because I knew she could help me understand how to teach my daughter.  When Janet first evaluated her, she was surprised at how little she knew.  She had absolutely no letter recognition, she didn’t even know all the letters that were in the alphabet.  She could barely even write her name legibly.  Janet thought that with her tendencies toward learning at this young age of 5 that she was showing strong signs of being dyslexic and needed to be shown another approach to learning.  And that’s just what Janet gave us!

One morning Janet pulled out her Floor Rainbow –all 26 letters of the alphabet in order with their key items―and introduced Kari to a brand new world of learning.  Janet went through the letters, the key item associated with that letter, and the primary sound that letter makes.  All of a sudden, this wasn’t just “learning and school” anymore; it was a game with “toys”.  She was having fun AND SHE WAS GETTING IT!  I seriously saw a light bulb light up in my daughter’s head that morning.  The wheels truly began to turn she began to match letters with their key items and say that letter’s primary sound.  She was instantly able to recall a few letters, their sounds, and their key item.  It was definitely an ah-ha moment for both of us.  She matched only or 5 letters and key items that very first time, but all of a sudden there was a light at the end of the tunnel.  I had found a way to help my daughter learn and I was excited!

Janet explained that what I was watching Kari do was called the Orton-Gillingham method of learning.   This method uses a multi-sensory approach that gave Kari multiple triggers to learn her letters.  Not only did she see the letter, she would say the letter, pick it up and associate it with a unique item.  This was the first time I had heard of this, but I was definitely ready to learn more to help Kari succeed.

Now that I had the method and the tools I needed to teach Kari, I felt confident again in my ability to teach her. It took time and patience, but this approach to learning made it fun for all of us, even the boys. This method has so many options available that if Kari wasn’t getting it from one approach, we just switched to another and another until she did.  The ability for me to restore Kari’s confidence in her ability to learn was so important to me.  Even at her young age, she noticed that she wasn’t able to do the same things that her friends could do.  Seeing the pride on her face when she completed a task, or finally got a concept was absolutely priceless!

Just the other night, Kari asked if she could read a scripture passage out loud for our nightly devotions.  By the time she was finished, I had tears streaming down my face because after 3 years of working with her, I finally heard her reading fluently.  She read with natural pauses and a fluidity that shocked me.  I couldn’t believe that this was the same girl who didn’t know all 26 letters of alphabet years earlier.

Kari now enjoys reading and doesn’t groan whenever I tell her it’s time for her 30-minute reading.  She goes to bed reading a book and wakes up early to read some more.  This method of learning works!  It’s also a very simple process to learn as a parent.  Since I’m not a teacher by trade, I struggled with certain reading programs because I didn’t know what to do next.  The Orton-Gillingham method is fun for both parent and child and it’s easy to know when your child is ready to move on to the next step.  Try it –you’ll love it because it works!  I did and hearing Kari chuckle as she sits curled in a chair reading or listening to her read out loud is all the proof I need!


Sincerely,


-Rachel R.